The 2010 Russian River Estate Pinot Noir is garnet in color, with just a hint of purple. The wine is a blend of two clones, with 667
providing dark fruit flavors and weight, and 115 adding perfume, red-fruit, and lift. The nose shows powerful blackberry and
raspberry aromas, with cherry pie and dried herb notes underneath. The palate is spicy and vibrant, with blackberry and black cherry joined by notes of fresh fig, cedar, and cocoa. The fruit turns darker as the wine opens, with a classic Russian River cola characteristic lingering on the finish
"Graceful and delicate, showing tremendous purity, with a core of red raspberry coulis, cherry and pomegranate juice. Whiffs of white pepper and forest floor lend this some traction. Features plush tannins on the finish."
"Shows its California origins in very ripe, lush and soft flavors of raspberries and cherries, creamy chocolate frosting and red currants. Plenty of oak adds wood spice and toast. A big, generous wine, flashy and incredibly rich, if lacking a bit in subtlety."